If you’re in search of lush evergreen forests, spa retreats, lake swimming, mountains, skiing, vineyards and perhaps even some cuckoo clock shopping, come to the Black Forest. Its landscapes, along with Gothic architecture may remind you of a fairytale — after all, this region inspired the Brothers Grimm stories. Found in the southwest of Germany, it shares a border with France, something that certainly influences the culture here. Switzerland is another neighbour, with Zurich being the biggest airport nearby. The standard of German hotels is known to be high and these properties are sure to exceed your expectations.
A lifestyle design hotel, the Fritz Lauterbad is oh so cool. An angular, modern and black wood-clad exterior with lots of glass for prime forest views, gives way to sleek modern studios. Although the approach to furniture is designer minimal, all of the cleverly arranged accommodations include comfy seating areas, workspaces, big luxe floating-style beds and balconies. Natural materials are used throughout, including the 1000 sqm wellness area, which offers clear views of the Swabian Alb. here you can take a yoga class, follow a health programme, or simply chill out and tuck into some fresh, regional cuisine.
This Relais and Chateaux property certainly ramps up the fairytale feel of the Black Forest. It’s like a picture postcard; a traditional mountain style chalet building, bursting with colourful floral window boxes. The food is simply divine – so much so, that it’s gained two Michelin stars – and is based on the Baden terroir with a focus on the elements. Chef Martin Herrmann is at the helm of the Gourmet Restaurant Le Pavillion and guests have the option to enjoy a unique and magical dining experience, served in a forest clearing. Classically decorated rooms with a regal air, have minibars, balconies and king-sized beds as standard.